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December

Landings, sometimes we try too hard - Landings need to be planned taking into consideration the weather and runway surface conditions. This planning should tell us “yes or no.” We must not let pride push us into a “yes.”

November

Electrical fires can, and do, happen - An electrical fire is a critical emergency. The Aviation Safety Letter recently published a TSB report on an electrical fire that resulted in a crash. Fortunately, all five persons on board were able to evacuate the aircraft.

October

Crosswind take-offs, landings need practice - How many of us keep our crosswind take-off and landing skills current?

September

Defensive taxiing may prevent a dent - We tend to focus well when we fly our aircraft. Unfortunately, we often don’t focus as well or pay adequate attention when we are taxiing the aircraft.

August

Human factors: Using good judgement - Norms are unwritten rules and procedures that develop over time. Often norms develop when someone finds an easier or quicker way of doing a task. Others see it and copy it. It becomes a norm.

July

Human factors: Communication skills - The four human factors that are most likely to get us into trouble with our flying were discussed last month – complacency, distractions, fatigue and stress. The human factor that will get us into the most trouble generally is communications.

June

We are human, ergo we make mistakes - There are 12 human factors that make us more likely to make mistakes. The four human factors that most often get us into trouble are complacency, distractions, fatigue and stress.

May

Uncontrolled airport procedures in place for safety - MF procedures continue to be a problem for some pilots.

April

Spiral dive sometimes called death spiral - As with stalls and spins, we should be teaching students how to identify the situations where spiral dives may occur. Spiral dives are most often not identified until it is too late for recovery.

March

Emphasize awareness in stall/spin training - The current method of practicing spin entries bears no relation to reality.

February

A bad mix: distractions during take-offs - Diagnosing or trying to fix a problem during the take-off is not wise. If an unusual event occurs, we must decide to abort the take-off or continue the take-off very quickly.

January

I can’t see a thing - We are still pushing the weather, even when we know it is below legal limits or it is less than safe.

 

 

2011

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December

Prepare for challenges of winter flying 

November

Have you ever asked ‘why did I do that?’ 

October

De-icing: The clean aircraft concept 

September

Tips on how to avoid getting all iced up 

August

Good weather briefing of vital importance 

July

Wishing you were back on the ground 

June

Always be on the lookout for signs of hypoxia 

May

Runway incursions a worldwide concern 

April

Watch Your Weight, And Live A Longer Life 

March

Many of us are not checking NOTAMS  

February

Ahh sugar! We’re running on empty 

January

Which One Are You? Goofy Or Daffy Duck

 

2010

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December

Gliding a skill that should be practiced

November

Use precautionary approaches more often

October

Pilots, don’t rush the pre-flight inspection

September

Stress, chronic and acute

August

Heads up! Working around a propeller

July

Electrical failures put everyone at risk

June

Thunderstorms need to be respected

May

Bad landings

April

Special VFR a little dicey, a little pricey

March

Wildlife and runways

February

Electrical fires do happen

January

VFR over the top

 

2009

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December

Slow flight exercises in realistic scenarios

November

Be prepared for winter runway hazards

October

Flying is fun, flying an ice cube is not

September

Out of gas?

August

More attention needed when taxiing

July

A clean bill of health

June

Complacency can kill

May

Uncontrolled airport procedures are in place

April

Gusty winds require diligence

March

Runway incursions a worldwide concern

February

Distractions affect all of us

January

Avoid fatigue, sleep longer

 

2008

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December

Aircraft must be clean of any surface contamination

November

The clean aircraft concept, means...

October

Winter operations bring challenges, limitations

September

Good crosswind techniques require practice

August

Don't forget weight and balance

July

The worst possible moment

June

Thunderstorms have no respect for us

May

CFIT, controlled flight into terrain

April

Does experienced mean better?

March

Always maintain proper circuit procedures

February

No ifs, ands or buts... propellers hurt

January

Wake Turbulence

 

2007

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December

Porpoises & wheel barrows

November

Flight planning follies

October

It’s too quiet

September

No crash load

August

Can GPS get you lost?

July

When things go wrong

June

Not Available

May

MFAs and ATF areas

April

Special VFR has a purpose, but…

March

Battling the effects of disorientation

February

Don't get caught in wake turbulence

January

Taxiing not a time to get complacent